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Fulham Owner: Fans Who Don't Like Michael Jackson Statue Can "Go To Hell"

Al Fayed poses with Michael Jackson statue outside Craven Cottage
Fulham “unveiled a statue of Michael Jackson outside its stadium on Sunday, with team chairman Mohamed Al Fayed telling fans to support another Premier League club if they don't like the idea,” according to the AP. Al Fayed, who was “close friends with Jackson,” unveiled the statue outside Craven Cottage stadium before Fulham's match against Blackpool. Al Fayed: "Why is it bizarre? Football fans love it. If some stupid fans don't understand and appreciate such a gift, they can go to hell. I don't want them to be fans. If they don't understand and don't believe in things I believe in, they can go to Chelsea, they can go to anywhere else." The statue had been “slated to be erected outside Harrods department store, but those plans were shelved when Al Fayed sold the business last year” (AP, 4/3). The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s MacDonald & Schaefer Munoz note the statue “has created a meeting of the minds between two camps of ... unlikely allies: wacko Jacko fans and rabid Fulham supporters.” Both groups “hate the idea and want the statue to beat it to some other venue.” Fulham fans “fear that Mr. Al Fayed's latest creation will become fodder for soccer rivals, known for mercilessly taunting opposition teams in often profane chants” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/2).
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